11 As they made camp that night Peter came to Jesus and threw himself at His feet. "Rabbi," he asked, "while Moses and Elias were with you I looked upon Demetrius and he was not like as he is now. Tell me, Lord, what it is I saw."
12 Jesus put His hand on Peter's shoulder. "You saw," he answered, "what Demetrius is within. You saw his eternal Spirit, that which is not of this world."
13 "It was beautiful," Peter remarked, "and also frightening. Should I fear it, Lord?"
14 Jesus shook His head. "Oh, Peter, what am I to do with you? If Demetrius was anything for you to be fearful of, would I permit Him to walk among us? Before the world was, we were brothers in Heaven.
15 As long as a man has a good heart, as long as he is just and honorable, he need not fear Demetrius' passing. Only the evil need tremble at his approach."
16 "Lord," Peter asked, "why does he not love you?"
17 "Why do you think he does not?" Jesus answered. "We walk a different Path. That does not mean that we do not love each other. If only all of Israel loved me as Demetrius loves me! Now enough has been said, Peter. Go to your bed."
18 They rested well that night. In the morning they came down from the hills and a great many came to meet them.
19 A man in the crowd cried out, "Master, I beg of you, come look at my son, for he is my only child. A demon has taken him. He foams at the mouth and bashes himself on rocks. I brought him to your disciples. They cast it out, but it returned."
20 Jesus wept. "Oh, faithless and perverse generation. How long shall I be with you and suffer you? Bring the boy here."
21 As the boy was brought up the demon cast him down and began to bash him on the ground. Jesus rebuked the demon. It came out of the boy as a black smoke that withered in the sun. The boy was made whole and returned to his father. All wondered at the mighty Power Of God.
22 But while they wondered, every one, at the thing which Jesus did, He said unto His apostles, "Let these words sink into your ear. For The Son Of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of man."
23 But what He said they did not understand, for they did not want it to be. And they feared to ask Him of it.
"MY TIME HAS NOT YET COME."
Now then rose among the disciples a discussion over which of them was the greatest. Jesus, perceiving what was in their hearts, took a child and sat her on His lap. "Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receives me, also. Whosoever receives me also receives Him Who Has Sent Me. For He that is the least among you, shall be the greatest."
2 John answered, saying, "Master, we saw one casting out demons in your name, and we forbid him because he was not one of us."
3 Jesus scolded him. "Forbid him not, for he that is not against us is for us. Look who travels with us."
4 They knew that He meant Demetrius. They traveled in the direction of Jerusalem sending messengers before them, into a village of Samaritans to make ready for Him. But they would not receive Him, as He was going to Jerusalem.
5 James and John were angry with this and cried, "Lord, bring down fire from Heaven and consume them!"
6 Jesus rebuked them harshly. "You know not what manner of Spirit you are of. The Son Of Man has not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
7 They went on to another village where they were welcome. Jesus saw James and John playing with the children and said unto them "Would you have now, that the Samaritan's children be ashes?"
8 James and John bowed their heads, for they knew that He had rebuked them again.
9 Now, as they traveled a certain man came unto Jesus and said, "Lord, I will follow you wherever you go."
10 Jesus answered him, "The foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests, but The Son Of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
11 He said to another, "Follow me."
12 But the man answered, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
13 Jesus rebuked him saying, "Let the dead bury their dead, but go you and preach The Kingdom Of God."
14 Another said, "Lord, I will follow you. But first let me go and bid my family farewell."
15 Jesus answered, "No man having put his hand on the plow and looking back is fit for The Kingdom Of God."
16 Peter became troubled, saying, "Lord, if you make it so hard no man will follow us."
17 Jesus answered him, saying, "It shall be yet harder, still."
18 Now it was time for The Feast Of The Tabernacles, and Jesus' brethren therefore, said unto Him, "Depart. Go into Judaea that your disciples there may also see the Work that you do. For there is no man that does anything in secret, when he, himself, seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world." 19 For even some of His brethren did not believe in Him.
20 Jesus answered them, saying, "My time is not yet come. But your time is always ready. The world does not hate you, but it hates me because I tell the truth of its works, and show its evil.
21 Go you up to the feast. I will stay here and enjoy this feast, for my time to fulfill all has not yet come."
Go To The Next Page
Return To Links Page